Rays sign Bobby Wilson, Corey Brown and Eugenio Velez

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The Rays announced this afternoon that they have signed catcher Bobby Wilson, outfielder Corey Brown and infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez to minor league contracts. All three players received invitations to major league spring training, but figure to serve as minor league depth in 2015.

Wilson, who turns 32 in April, appeared in two games with the Diamondbacks this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. Best known for his time with the Angels, he owns a lowly .209/.271/.321 batting line over 193 games in the majors.

Brown, 29, played in three games with the Red Sox in 2014 and logged one plate appearance. Originally drafted by the Athletics as a supplemental first-round pick in 2007, he came over to the Nationals in the Josh Willingham trade in 2010 and appeared in 36 games with the club from 2011-2013.

Velez hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Dodgers. Now 32 years old, he batted .309/.363/.441 with seven home runs, 51 RBI, and 27 stolen bases over 116 games this past season with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.